What have you seen from the defense now that you guys have gone through some practices and one scrimmage?
"Seeing everybody from day one to where we are now, I am impressed with the growth and maturity of the young guys. They've had composure under pressure and just made plays and fly around the field. That's mainly what I have seen from the younger guys. They go out every day and give all that they have."
What impressed you from the scrimmage? Did the defense look good or did the offense look good, or was it a combination of both?
"I think it was more of the offense because they opened up a lot. The defense made some mistakes, missed some tackles maybe. But guys were really running around and giving effort. When you have that then there is room for coaching. Guys are still going to get better."
Did it surprised you that the offense looked better in the scrimmage?
"You never know what you are going to get out of our offense sometimes. But Friday night they really did good. They came out ready to play and I think they got the upper hand on us."
Last year, wide receiver Jameon Lewis, who was a true freshman at the time, was one of the guys who was the talk of the camp. Is he still as impressive this year?
"Yes sir, he is real swift. I'm ready to see him play, get his chance to go out on the field, make some moves, and see what he can do. I'm real excited about that. And I know the other guys are, too."
Is he hard for you to tackle?
"To be honest I have never really had much of a chance to tackle him. The only time I had a chance tackling him was during bowl preparations. We used him as Denard Robinson. He gave me a couple of moves and left me standing and he was gone."
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